A Place for Them: Designing Pet-Friendly Homes

A Place for Them: Designing Pet-Friendly Homes

KEEP THEM CLOSE
Your furry best friend wants to be at your side. Your cat or dog typically ends up following you from room to room as you go about your day at home. For this reason, it’s important to remember your pet isn’t the same as a kid; they aren’t going to find the same enjoyment out of a designated room like a child would with a playroom.

KEEP THINGS TIDY
When you need to keep the kitchen chaos-free and your pets out from underfoot, an inset sliding gate, like this custom-made pocket gate, does the trick cleanly. The gate acts as an extension of the lower cabinets and uses the same colored wood to keep things harmonious and discreet. Plus, if you have a rambunctious pup, there’s no risk of this gate toppling over if they jump against it.

BATH TIME
Speaking of keeping things tidy, after a run at the dog park it can feel like your pets might never be clean. Giving your dog a scrub in the tub is a recipe for a ruined bathroom so installing a pet shower in your mudroom or laundry room is a total lifesaver. Not only will keep the muddy paw prints from spreading through the house, but it's also a great pampering station for your pooch.

A CLOSER EYE AND YOUR PEACE OF MIND
Sadly, many dogs suffer from separation anxiety when left alone and that anxiety can manifest itself in the destruction of things like doors, blinds, cushions, and pillows. While a veterinarian should always be consulted when a pet starts to exhibit signs of stress, there are tools out there to keep you and your pet connected even when you’re apart.

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